Shipwreck of migrants in the Channel: French justice seeking information

Shipwreck of migrants in the Channel: the French justice & ccedil; ease the search for information

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French justice called on Wednesday to transmit to investigators “any information likely to help in the identification” of the 27 migrants, including two teenagers and a child, who died during the shipwreck in the Channel of their boat a week ago. & nbsp;

Any information useful for the identification of victims can be sent to the address, indicated in a press release from the Paris public prosecutor, Laure Beccuau.

On November 24, 17 men, seven women, two teenagers and a child were killed in the sinking of their boat in the sea separating France from the United Kingdom. & Nbsp;

This tragedy, the most deadly to have occurred in the Channel, had rekindled tensions between France and the United Kingdom over the fight against crossings of the “Channel” by illegal immigrants, which have developed since 2018.

Among the victims, “there was obviously a pregnant woman,” said the French Minister for Citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, on Wednesday, visiting Calais, in the north of France. & Nbsp;

The remains are at the Lille Forensic Institute, where several Afghan families have come to identify relatives they believe perished in the shipwreck. & Nbsp;

There are two, three families. They are mostly cousins. A family came from England to recognize the bodies and then prepare the funeral, ”Samad Akrach, who accompanies them on behalf of the Tahara association, specializing in Islamic funeral rites, told AFP.

< p> “Today they come to say if indeed they are members of their family, because for several days they have not heard from”, he added, assuring that these families had come to identify “five people. of Afghan origin ”.

Only one Somali and one Iraqi survived. & nbsp;

Each year, thousands of people attempt the perilous crossing of the Channel on fragile boats, sometimes with tragic outcomes.

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